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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is the only name on Manchester United's list to replace Jose Mourinho. United are prepared to pay £42m in compensation to get the Argentine. (Telegraph)

Mauricio Pochettino must "think twice" if he is to take the helm at "unstable" Old Trafford. (Mail)

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is backing Mauricio Pochettino for the role. (Sun)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to demand far more in compensation than the £34m which will be the outstanding value of Pochettino's contract next summer. (Times - subscription required)

Jose Mourinho learned of Manchester United's plans to sign both a centre-back and Juventus and Brazil winger Douglas Costa, 28, in January just hours before he was sacked. (Mail)

Manchester United will give interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer £50m to spend in January, with Douglas Costa and Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld the main targets. (Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba shouted in celebration of Jose Mourinho's sacking at training on Tuesday before coach Michael Carrick stepped in to remind him no one is bigger than the club. (Sun)

Jose Mourinho's relationship with Paul Pogba was so poor during his final weeks at Manchester United that he told one player to stay away from the France midfielder. (ESPN)

Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke, who was Jose Mourinho's assistant during Chelsea's league title wins in 2005 and 2006, says the "serial winner" won't be "short of offers" after his sacking from Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is considering an offer from Manchester United to be their next permanent manager. (AS)

Manchester United are trying to tie down their biggest stars to new contracts now Jose Mourinho has left, with the club believing that players had been stalling on deals after falling out with the Portuguese. (Mirror)

Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 23, is available for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first game in charge against Cardiff on Saturday, following a final bust-up with former boss Mourinho. (Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is lining up Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, 20, as their long-term successor to Fernandinho. (Sun)

Bayern Munich are set to sign France defender Lucas Hernandez, 22, from Atletico Madrid for 85m euros (£77m). (Marca)

Manchester City are facing competition from Bayern Munich in the race for 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has a reported £70m price tag. (Mail)

Reports in Italy suggest Tottenham and Manchester City are chasing 18-year-old defender and AC Milan wonderkid Raoul Bellanova. (Football London)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, 29, believes the Reds can repeat the feat of Arsenal's Invincibles by going unbeaten in the Premier League this season. (Express)

Inter Milan remain interested in Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil after the 30-year-old was left out of his side's Carabao Cup defeat by Tottenham on Wednesday. (Mail)

Bournmouth boss Eddie Howe insists striker Callum Wilson, 26, is not for sale in January, despite interest from Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa are close to signing 28-year-old Croatia goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic for £7m from Belgian side Gent. (Telegraph)

Reported Liverpool and Barcelona target Adrien Rabiot, 23, will definitely not be at Paris St-Germain next season, according to the midfielder's mother Veronique, who is also his agent. (RTL - in French)

Chelsea do not want to sell Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen, 22, after rejecting interest from Barcelona. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola has ordered fans to behave ahead of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Premier League rivals Tottenham, following anti-semitic chants in the Europa League. (Mail)

Barcelona are planning a move in January for Juventus and Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani, 24. (Sport - in Spanish)

Fulham are keen on signing Bournemouth striker Lys Mousset, 22, in January. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle United remain keen on signing Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24, despite a £20m price tag, but will keep their options open ahead of next month's transfer window. (Chronicle Live)

PSG and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 20, says he wants to move into coaching after his playing career is over. (Le Parisien - in French)

Liverpool will delay any decision on whether to let striker Dominic Solanke, 21, leave on loan in January until after the transfer window opens. (Liverpool Echo)

River Plate's shock defeat by Al Ain in the Club World Cup has accelerated Real Madrid's pursuit of their Argentina midfielder Exequiel Palacios, 20. (AS)

But Palacios insists he will not talk about his future until after the tournament ends on Saturday, with River facing Kashima Antlers in the third-place play-off. (Marca)

Bayern Munich are in the best position to sign Roma winger Cengiz Under but Arsenal and Tottenham have also registered their interest in the 21-year-old Turkey international. (ESPN)

Barcelona have agreed a deal to loan Colombia centre-back Jeison Murillo, 26, from La Liga rivals Valencia until the end of the season. (RAC1 - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

What does every manager want? No, not a Christmas hamper. Every manager wants a WAR CHEST! Ole Gunnar Solskjær wouldn’t get through the winter nights without one and, once we’re into January, the new Manchester United caretaker manager is going to well and truly tuck in. He’ll have £50m to spend – which admittedly sounds more like a slimline wallet or store card than a war chest – and will lavish it on the players United need to look like a football team again. Toby Alderweireld? He’d be more useful than a jar of chutney or tin of shortbread. Douglas Costa? Rather him than a luxury panettone. Both men could be on Ed Woodward’s Ole Gunnar’s radar according to this morning’s reports, as could Porto’s go-getter Éder Militão, and he will supposedly be given a full say in the club’s dealings despite the temporary nature of his stay.

There you go. On the off chance you’re pining for news about He Who Shall Not Be Named, José Mourinho may be back in the saddle sooner rather than later. They apparently still quite like him at Real Madrid, where Santiago Solari already cuts the figure of a dead man walking, and he could be swapping Battersea Park for El Retiro at the end of the campaign. Perhaps he’ll be on the same flight as Eden Hazard, who remains in Real’s gimlet eye and could depart Chelsea if they’d accept Isco as a nice little sweetener.

Across Manchester, they keep on keeping on. Manchester City have a plan, and that plan is to make sure a successor to the ageing Fernandinho becomes steeped in Pep Guardiola’s pretty patterns and ready to play. More specifically, they would like Lyon’s Houssem Aouar to be that man after he impressed against them in the Champions League – but the 20-year-old is contracted for another four and a half years so would cost some serious dough.

Time might be up for Mesut Özil at Arsenal, where he didn’t even make the bench for last night’s Carabao Cup woe. Inter Milan stand poised to rescue him, although what they’ll do about the expensive new deal he signed last season is separate matter altogether. Another player on the move could be Liverpool’s Dominic Solanke, rated as one of England’s finest but nowhere near Jürgen Klopp’s sleek title chasers. Apparently Rangers’ manager has a connection with the Anfield club so he could wind up there on loan. Crystal Palace, who will provide plenty of grist to the Mill over the coming weeks as they search frantically for firepower, are also circling.

And as you’ve seen on these very pages, West Ham would like to offer once-feted Brazilian prodigy Gabigol some Premier League football if Inter are game. Apparently the Serie A club are – if the Hammers’ budget will extend to £25m. If it looks, smells and feels like a West Ham signing, it probably is a West Ham signing.


MAKING HIS MARC West Ham ace Marcus Browne wanted by host of Championship clubs this January

The 21-year-old is currently starring on loan at Oxford, where he has netted five goals in 17 games in League One

Exclusive By Mike McGrath

WEST HAM's Marcus Browne is a target for Championship clubs after his impressive season at Oxford.

The 21-year-old attacking midfielder has been on a season-long loan but Hammers chiefs may look at cutting the deal short so he can play in a higher division.

There is hope he can compete for a first-team place next season following a good run in the Championship.

The likes of West Brom, Sheffield United, Stoke, Derby and Bristol City are all understood to be interested in the youngster.

Browne has starred for Karl Robinson's men in League One, where he has banged in five goals in the third-tier.

While he has also chipped in with four assists in 17 games, as the U's sit in 18th spot in the table.

Former West Ham defender Rio Ferdinand has regularly offered Browne advice, with the player speaking of his gratitude to the Champions League winner.

He told the Oxford Mail: "Rio knows my agent really well, so we work closely. We’re in constant conversation about how I’m doing and he gives me advice.

"We do message each other and chat to make sure I’m keeping my head down and staying focused.

“He’s a person with a lot of experience, so when people like that try to help then you can’t do anything but listen and take it on board. It does help."


West Ham keen to sign Brazilian striker Gabigol from Inter

• The 22-year-old forward is on loan at Santos
• Inter keen to sell player but would consider loan

Fabrizio Romano

West Ham are hoping to sign the Brazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa, better known as Gabigol, from Internazionale. Manuel Pellegrini is keen to add to his options up front and sees the 22-year-old as an alternative to increase competition.

Gabigol is on loan at Santos, having failed to win a starting place at Inter, and the Italian club’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, said this week that there was no place for the player in the Nerazzurri squad at the moment.

“Gabigol will finish the loan with Santos in January and then return to Inter,” he said. “For the next six months we will have no space for him. We are happy with what he has done and we will find the best solution with him.”

Inter are keen to sell Gabigol in January but may be open to a loan, particularly if it includes an option to buy in the summer. The Italian club would hope to get £25m if they sell. He has two and a half years on his contract and is earning around £50,000 a week.

Gabigol has scored 18 goals in 35 appearances for Santos in his second spell there and has four caps. He joined Inter in 2016 for £27m but has made only nine league appearances and scored one goal for the club.

Marko Arnautovic is West Ham’s top-scoring forward this season in the Premier League with five goals – Felipe Anderson has six from a more withdrawn role – but he has struggled with a knee problem and Lucas Pérez has been mainly on the bench. Javier Hernández has four goals in the league (three in the past four games) and Andy Carroll is just back from injury.

Pellegrini feels that he needs more options up front if West Ham are to climb the table. They are ninth, two points behind sixth-placed Manchester United.

Sport Witness

“I don’t know” – Player tightlipped amid West Ham rumours, asked if he’s played last game

Around Europe, clubs are getting ready to play their final games before the winter break, and subsequently also the final games before the transfer window opens.

Hertha Berlin played their final home game of the year this week, and whilst they play again on Saturday, they won’t be back at their own stadium until January 20th.

German newspaper Märkische Allgemeine suggest it could have been Valentino Lazaro’s last match at Hertha’s stadium as a player for the club. It’s stated West Ham claims have been circling, and the player has been asked if it was the last match.

He’s certainly not taken steps to kill the idea of a transfer, and the 22 year old versatile defender is quoted as saying: “I don’t know.”

However, when further pressed he added: “At the moment, everything looks like I’m staying in Berlin.”

Märkische Allgemeine believe it will be a big Christmas present for Hertha should the youngster not ending moving to West Ham or elsewhere. The Hammers are the only possible destination named.

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Takashi Miike 10:21 Fri Dec 21
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Thanks Alan

crystal falace 5:34 Thu Dec 20
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First EIGHT stories all about man utd and their manager

Texas Iron 2:10 Thu Dec 20
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gph 1:11 Thu Dec 20
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Thanks, Alan

thecockneyboy 1:00 Thu Dec 20
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Cheers Al

Thanks Alan 12:21 Thu Dec 20
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Thanks Alan

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